Of Fathers and Sons

Director: 
Talal Derki
Duration: 
98Min
Year of production: 
2017
Movies language: 
Subtitles language (s): 
In presence of the director
Belgian Première Belgian Première
Schedule: 
Tue, 27/03/2018 -
15:00 to 16:40
Wed, 28/03/2018 -
19:00 to 20:00
Location: 
Cinéma Galeries & Actor's Studio
Synopsis: 

Abu Osama is not only a loving father of eight boys, but also one of the founders of Al-Nusra, the Syrian arm of Al-Qaeda, and a specialist in bomb attacks and mine-clearing. By pretending to be a supporter of the Islamic cause, director Talal Derki is able to share the intimacy of a family at war as Osama and Ayman, the eldest sons, are reaching the age where they can be trained as soldiers of God.

Bio Director: 

Talal Derki was born in Damascus and is based in Berlin since 2014. He studied film directing in Athens and worked as an assistant director for many feature film productions and was a director for different Arab TV programs between 2009 and 2011. Furthermore, he worked as a freelance cameraman for CNN and Thomson & Reuters. Talal Derkis short films and feature length documentaries received many awards at a variety of festivals. His feature documentary Return to Homs has won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in 2014. The same year, he was also a member of the international Jury at IDFA.